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Kathe Carande

Kathe CarandeKathe Carande has been dancing since she could walk. Her professional training includes scholarships with the Cleveland Ballet and the New York School of Ballet, as well as many top jazz choreographers in New York, Los Angeles and Hollywood. She has performed with dance companies on both coasts and in her native Cleveland. While performing in the L.A. area, Kathe discovered her special talents for teaching young dancers. She began her business as an instructor and taught dance for 13 years in the L.A. area before moving to Colorado. Her approach to teaching is enthusiastic and energetic. In this area, she has been a dance instructor for the City of Boulder, the Arvada Center, and Reverence Academy of Dance. She has also worked closely with numerous pre-school teachers and has developed creative dance programs at First Presbyterian Pre-school and Kiddie-Kopia, among others.

In addition to her B.A. in Psychology, Kathe studied acting and voice in college and performed in numerous musical productions. Recently, she has enjoyed choreographing for Monarch High School (A Chorus Line, My Fair Lady, and Evita), as well as for Center Stage Theater Company (Oklahoma, A Chorus Line, and Anne of Green Gables). She also lends choreographic help to the Golden Oldies Choir at Coal Creek Elementary, and to competitive figure skaters.

Kathe lives in the area with her husband, Richard, and her 3 talented children, which keep her very busy. She is thrilled to join the staff at the Art Underground and share her love of dance with even more young dancers.

Chris Harris

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Marci Kalish

Marci graduated with honors from the University of Colorado School of Music in Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance. In Los Angeles she studied voice with acclaimed Lee and Sally Sweetland. She has also studied musical composition, piano, harp and violin, and the Meisner method of acting with Maria Gobetti in Burbank, CA. In 1990 she traveled with the international group, Up With People. Marci has performed in a variety of capacities including jazz bands, country bands and musical and children’s theater. She is delighted to be teaching Music Together in her community where she can share her love of music with children and their families.

Jill Kranitz

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Kelly Lane

Kelly LaneKelly has taught preschool to adult dance classes at TAU since it’s beginnings. Her endless patience and love for dance makes her a beloved instructor to the younger set, and her life-long study of many forms of dance combined with exceptional communication skills ensures her popularity with older kids and adults.

Kelly offers specialty dance birthday parties on weekends. Whether a child desires themes like jungle, princess & prince, fairy, personal ballet class, wild animals, Kelly seamlessly combines dance technique with high levels of fun and creativity. Kelly also is Social-Network master at TAU.

Kelly is nearing the end of her double-major study at the University of Colorado, Boulder and plans to pursue a career that combines journalism and biology.

Harmony Larke

Harmony LarkeHarmony’s A.C.T. was first started in 1994. In the last 15 years I have had the opportunity to provide art programs to thousands of children in the Boulder County area. My classes not only emphasize basic art techniques but also focus on creating an educational and fun environment with music, stories, and multicultural art study. My classes are designed to open up the world of art for your child and let their creative talents shine.

I have an associates art degree and an early childhood development background. I am also the mother of a ten year old boy and five year old girl who both love to experiment with art.

This will be my 15th year teaching art in the local Montessori schools and 9th year teaching art classes at the Louisville Art Center. I also teach classes in Lafayette Rec. Center, Erie Rec. Center and The Art Underground in Louisville.

My goal is to provide fun and educational art programs to children and parents. I pride myself on the fact that the materials I use are non-toxic and earth friendly.

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